Being, making, creating and shaping.

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This is me and my lovely friend, collaborator and artistic pal Emily Neale. We sometimes sell our stuff together like at Crafty Fox (pictured above) and we hang out lots, walk our dogs together and dream up lots of creative plans! You should check out her work, its great!

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Some of mine and Emily’s toys.

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Photo by Josh Knill

I still can’t believe how amazing this year has been so far! Ive moved studio twice!!! I’ve just been offered another work space which is top secret at the moment and i’ll reveal all soon. I’ve had some fabulous commissions too.

My next big project is working for Portsmouth City Council and with the residents of Somerstown to create public art work for their new community hub. Im so happy they liked our idea and that we get to work in a part of our city that deserves wonderful aspirational creative work.

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Wrapping dogs and painting badgers

I have been having a lovely time preparing for my exhibition! I have also got round to doing some spiffy paintings of animals wearing sweaters. I’m particularly proud of the badger in the sparkly jumper, I love him a little bit.

A dachshund is being posted off to a customer and I think I enjoy wrapping my toys as much as I do making them.

I was also very happy to receive some fabric donations from London fabric print designer and bag maker Black Cactus. i have promised a drawing/painting in return and look forward to sending her something awesome!

Visual Treats

Sorry I haven’t posted for awhile, things have been busy, children have been poorly and  family life is at the forefront.

I have still had time to work on some new pieces and the lovely Often Hover has shot some beautiful photos which I will post up soon. In the meantime let’s look at some nice stuff…

 

 

Vintage advertising and Tokyo kinder Film Fest

 

Gillian Hamilton shares her crochet cushion process.

The artwork of Lindsay Watson

Atelier Stella Ceramics

The beautiful work of Morimoto Shouhei

The very talented illustrator Natasha Durley 

Flo & Stan have a new home!

Beautiful Southsea boutique Flo & Stan have moved a short distance for Albert Rd to the corner of Exmouth Rd. Lorna and Del the owners have been longtime supporters of my art work and stock my handmade toys. They also stock the most wonderful range of vintage, handmade, design and curios.

It makes me so happy to see my work alongside the likes of Rob Ryan and Phoebe Richardson!

The new shop is small, cute and very bijoux. Here are some pics I took on Saturday of the new space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hooray it’s Monday, whether you like it or not it’s the idea for a fresh week ahead with endless possibilities. I felt a little uninspired last week and didn’t get any art work done, I’m hoping this week I can knuckle down and get creative.

NEEDLE AND THREAD BY: VIRGINIA KRALJEVIC ON ETSY.

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Handmade shopping: Yellow

With all this happy beautiful sunshine it influences how I work. I feel like using yellow, green and orange fabrics and paints. So even when the dark wintery weather returns you have captured some sunshine in your handmade items.

The weather really does effect shopping habits and I think I am far more drawn to bright colours. Well. actually I’m drawn to bright colours anyway being a totally kitsch colour lover!

Here are some beautiful sunny handmade pieces for you to enjoy…

 

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Plush Fox Pillow by Laura frisk

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Natural wood earrings by Redemption Shore

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Seagull Print by Showler and Showler

 

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Custard Cream Cushion by Nikki McWilliams

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Backpack in Cable Cars by Ben The Illustrator

Photo Diary

This week we got a miniature Dachshund puppy and called her Margot. The sun has been shining and the house is coming together too. I love my little owl ornament my friend Sarah gave me for my birthday and have been hanging out in the Southsea Coffee Co for the best coffee and pan au raisin in Portsmouth.

I also made a yummy roast vegetable and goats cheese pizza and teamed it with a colourful summer salad. Summer eating is so good and so is a great read like The Simple Things magazine. The article on the London Underground was wonderful and I really want to get hold of some of the prints of poster to display in my home. The London Transport Museum shop has a wonderful selection of posters and other deign pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist crush: Karin Hagen

Happy Monday to all my lovely readers! Well I can report that the move was a complete success. I must say a big huge gigantic thank you to our friends who helped us, we couldn’t have done it without you. Expect house pics to be posted up in the coming weeks!

I came across Karin Hagen when I saw an image of one of her ceramics, a wonderfully formed wonky little cup adorned with hand painted leopards. Her animal illustrations are full of character and charm.

Karin’s blog shows you the evolution of her creative practice from sketchbook doodles to the end results in earthenware, portraits and other medium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A minor change

Tomorrow we are moving house, just down the street though so really not far. Packing up everything still feels like a mountain and Im tired and stressed and just want it to be over.

The plus side is that we will be restyling our interior together in the mid century style and I love a project. I have been eagerly scanning the net for images of inspiration and this is what I found.